The Business Killer that is Sucking Away Your Productivity

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The Business Killer that is Sucking Away Your Productivity

There are many activities that we do every day that are necessary but are killing our businesses. These activities are the business killers that seem to just suck away our productivity. These activities are important, but they impact on the time that you have to do the really important things to grow your business. So these business killers affect both your productivity and profitability.

My goal this year is to identify these business killers and come up with ...

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What Your Business Can Learn From the Equifax Hack

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What Your Business Can Learn From the Equifax Hack

We were all horrified when we found out that Equifax, one of the largest credit reporting agencies, was hacked. This attack put 143 million people at risk for identity theft since the hackers were able to access all of our personal information including social security and credit card numbers.

In the last few years it seems that every day another company admits to hacks: Yahoo, had 50 million people’s information stolen; Target, 40 million, and even LinkedIn had ...

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Boost Your Business Success with this Simple and Powerful Process

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Boost Your Business Success with this Simple and Powerful Process

For the last few weeks I have focused on identifying the best paths to boost growth that can offer your business the greatest opportunities and maximum profitability (read these past articles here, here, here, here).

However, to enable your firm to implement the most effective planning process means that you need to do some research. But many firms are overwhelmed by the research process and feel ...

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Top Mistake That Can Obliterate Your Firm’s Profitability

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Top Mistake That Can Obliterate Your Firm’s Profitability

We are all looking for the magic bullet that will make our companies highly profitable. We read all the articles, view the webinars that promise the secret elixirs, and attend the seminars that make amazing promises that we will be successful in 10 days or less….

What if the answer was simple and right before our eyes?

The Best Asset in Your Business

Top of mind for every business is increasing revenue and enhancing profitability. Most ...

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10 Top Demographic Trends Affecting Marketing Your Business

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10 Top Demographic Trends Affecting Marketing Your Business

I recently wrote on the topic of business drivers and the importance of understanding how they impact your company. (See What Business Drivers Can Provide You the Best Path to Grow )

I received lots of comments and questions from our community on this topic, so I thought I would take a deeper dive into one of the most impactful business drivers—demographics.

Demographics are misunderstood by many small businesses, yet these changes can have ...

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Transform Brainstorming from Bomb to Brilliant

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Transform Brainstorming from Bomb to Brilliant

We have all been there—called into a meeting to brainstorm new ideas for the business plan, a new product, new organizational structure, or a variety of different topics. You may even have a facilitator brought in to help you through the brainstorming process.

Then what started out as an exciting adventure turns into a biased conclave with a pre-determined agenda where all wildly innovative ideas get shot down. The participants become alienated and some feel embarrassed and humiliated. ...

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What Business Drivers Can Provide You the Best Path to Grow

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What Business Drivers Can Provide You the Best Path to Grow

The primary purpose of strategic planning is to help you chart the most effective path to growth. Most importantly, it helps you identify the major business drivers facing your business today. By understanding the business drivers that are impacting your business, you can identify the major growth opportunities that your company can take advantage of.

Many small businesses feel that researching for business drivers places unnecessary burden on the business for no good reason. But if implemented effectively, ...

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How You Can Identify Strategic Advantage for Your Business

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How You Can Identify Strategic Advantage for Your Business

For your business to be successful, you must look to the future and think deeply about the opportunities presented by evolving trends. That is the key to identifying strategic advantage.

While this must be part of your business plan, execution strategies, and presentation to funding sources, it is easier said than done. Many business owners just get stuck in trying to spot what is the strategic advantage that is the best to pursue for their business.

So what is ...

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How to Build Exceptional Leaders in Your Business

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How to Build Exceptional Leaders in Your Business

When we look at great companies we usually see one common thread–great leaders. Not only is the CEO considered an exceptional leader but they also develop outstanding managers that have unique talents geared to fulfilling customers’ needs.

Companies that develop a leadership brand inspire faith that employees and managers will regularly make good on the firm’s promises. A Nordstrom customer knows that its employees will go the extra mile to make their experience wonderful, as will Disney and ...

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Mid Year is Not Too Late to Build Your Business Plan

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Mid Year is Not Too Late to Build Your Business Plan

We are at the mid-point in the year. How well are you meeting your business plan goals? What—you don’t have a business plan? You think that it’s too late to create a business plan?

If the words business planning turn your blood to ice, intimidates you, or if you just feel it is unnecessary, you may be missing some great opportunities to grow your business.

Why You Need to Plan

Two major factors—globalization and technological innovation—have ...

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